Our Teachers

Christine: Owner /ERYT-500 / CPT/ AHC/AYS

Why I do what I do. I love yoga and like most when I started I believed it was just an exercise routine and it twisted you up like a pretzel. As my learning and training evolved I soon began to realize it's a lifestyle, a lifestyle that I was drawn to because I was slowly over time finding out who "I" really was. I began to drop all the "labels" and "assumptions" of what I "thought" my life should be and just started to live life to the fullest. ​​I earned my 200 hour certification right here in Buffalo at the Himalayan Institute on Delaware Ave. I continued my studies at the Himalayan Institutes ashram in Honesdale PA gaining my 500 hour certification. I am an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and an Ayurvedic Wellness Coach.

I completed Yoga For All training (yoga for all body types) am a certified Warriors at Ease Teacher (trauma-informed teacher) which brings yoga and meditation to military/veteran communities, working with PTSD, MST, TBI, and making yoga adaptable for all injuries.

Growing up I was not an athletic child, I was the chunkiest snowflake in my one and ONLY year in ballet, never even finished my year in modern dance because I was not able to skip. I had zero grace, and zero coordination, which is a bummer because I never learned the rest of The Hustle".

So why on Gods green earth would I open a yoga studio. Thing is I never wanted to "run/own" a studio, all that time marketing, paying bills, hiring teachers dealing with all the "business stuff" really bores me, I always felt I could be using that time to help others, teach more, serve my community. But with the general perception people have of yoga I needed to do something, so Satya Yoga was born. I get a lot of flack because of the name, what does it mean, I can't pronounce it, I get that, But Satya means truth, truth in though, word and deed, and is one of the yamas (yamas are the first limb on the eightfold path of yoga). So My mission (one of them....) is in the name, everyday I teach what I know to be true.

To help guide people so they can discover their true inner radiance, is my top priority. I always ask the class before we start "what do you need today"? "How can I help/serve you"? And I mean it, class is about your needs its about you not me, not my agenda. I get excited when your back pain starts to go away, you don't get as many headaches, you are breathing better and don't need your asthma medicine as much, You have started to meditate and your anxiety and panic attacks are starting to diminish, YOU FEEL BETTER IN GENERAL, you fall in live with life again, you come back to your spiritual practice surrendering to your divine, and most of all YOU LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.

Yoga offers so much and can be so many thing to so many people, like I said before it's a lifestyle. Yoga doesn't care if you eat meat, drink, swear, are fat, skinny, what your skin color is, your religion, your gender, what you are wearing, you get the idea it's for everybody. It's kind of funny people have told me you don't "look" like a yoga teacher, it makes me giggle. I know what they mean, mainstream media has made yoga out to be this glamorous bendy, twisty practice that you do in $100 yoga pants and $98 tank tops. Hair always looks perfect and you face is made up like a movie star. Lets be real if your face has makeup all over it, it is going to run down your face after the third down dog..... Your hair....a mess after your first down dog. And then the big one. I am not a "skinny girl" and I'm in my later 40's! Life is not a Nike ad people, be who you are.

Carolyn: ryt-200/ays
My yoga journey began at a local gym. I first walked into a yoga class because I had a personal trainer who suggested that I take a group class. I think cardio kick or body sculpt was more of what she had in mind, but those classes did not appeal to me. I remember thinking that yoga seemed cool, I liked stretching and an early morning class would fit my schedule. I was a typical yoga beginner. I found a spot in the back corner, hiding as best I could. I would rubberneck constantly.

I looked around the room at everyone else, trying to figure out where to put my body and limbs when asked to, “move into a triangle pose” or any other pose for that matter. But after class, I felt great! I kept going back until it just became part of my routine.
Over the next few years my interest in yoga began to grow. I moved to the front of the class. I started to take more yoga classes and with different instructors, Christine being one of them. I even moved my mat to the front of the room!

 

​​​​My attention began to shift to proper alignment in poses. I bought a book on yoga anatomy and took a yoga 101 workshop. Then the seed was planted…


“why don’t you think about teaching yoga.” It was more of a statement than a question. I began thinking, why not? Teaching yoga sounds pretty cool. My personal yoga practice has grown and made me feel better both inside and out. So why not teach and share this experience with others?


Within the next year, one of the yoga teachers at the gym told me she would be moving. She asked me if I would consider being her replacement and teach the class after she moved. After about a year of teaching at the gym I enrolled in the Himalayan Institute’s 200 hour teacher certification course here in Buffalo. I am enjoying my ongoing journey through life and yoga. My hope for any individual who decides to give yoga a try, is that they begin to enjoy their own journey too.

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10255 Main St

Clarence, NY 14031

716-320-0447

satyayogawny@gmail.com

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